Smartphone Photography Tips and Tricks

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This video offers up some creative hacks that enable smart phone users to get more flexibility out of their phone cameras. Included are a zoom lens technique, panoramic shot ideas, underwater, macro and more. Via Laughing Squid.


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Photos Of People Being Shocked With A Stun Gun

Photographer, and amateur sadist, Patrick Hall came up with a shockingly good idea for a photo shoot- portraits of people who have just been hit with a stun gun.

Naturally Patrick couldn't do the shocking himself, and he felt like having an assistant deliver the shock might result in unnecessary bloodshed, so he brought in the subjects' significant others to do the shocking.

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The result is a hilarious, and vicariously painful, series of portraits featuring people reacting to the shock with varying degrees of displeasure- some are handling it with a smile, others look like they've just been tortured by a lunatic, and a few look like they'll be out for revenge after the shoot.

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Live-Action Remake of a Classic He-Man Viral Video


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If it is possible for there to be a "classic viral video," then one example is definitely SlackCircus's "What's Going on?" using scenes from the 80s cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. It is good. Nay, it is great. It was a gem of internet culture in 2005 and remains rather fresh even now. You can watch it below.

Embedded above is a live-action remake of that video by cosplayers at Anime Fest in Dallas. Trevor Lawrence and Thien Vuong led the effort, but they required the assistance of many elaborately-costumed attendees who kindly contributed.


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10 Secrets About The History of the Movie Heathers (With Writer Daniel Waters)

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The movie Heathers was a dark comedy that no one saw coming. Dealing with the have and have nots in the 80's, it showed us a different side of high school hirearchy, and put and oddly twisted take on the whole thing. Some found it too dark, and some didn't know what to make of it. But the people who liked it, loved it. That, in itself, has helped earn the film the cult status that it has today. Yet there is much about this cult film that even the most die-hard fans don't know. Thankfully, there is an article at Topless Robot that goes into great detail about this awesome movie with the writer himself, Daniel Waters.

"I feel like all of the scripts now are reverse-engineered from screenwriting books like Save the Cat and telling you how to write a screenplay," says Waters. By contrast, he told me that he wrote his first screenplay after looking in the newspaper and finding something missing in theaters.

It ends up being a really interesting look at a movie that was way ahead of its time. Heathers was lampooning high school excess and social cliques long before that became that norm. Check out the piece, you might just learn something you didn't know about this awesome movie.

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Absurdly Ingenious Inventions By Dominic Wilcox

Artist and inventor of creatively kooky implements Dominic Wilcox has come up with some extremely unique ways to make our everyday lives more convenient, and a bit more interesting, with his whimsical, yet fully functional, inventions.

Dominic’s mind works in wonderful ways, always looking for a new solution to simple problems like cooling down a cuppa tea, or shaking someone's hand without touching skin:

Gloves that fit like a glove because they're made from a mold of your hand, now that's an invention sure to make the world a warmer, and creepier, place to live.

We've featured a few of Dominic's creatively ridiculous inventions here on Neatorama before, but with the recent release of Dominic's book Variations On Normal we're given new insight into his creative process, like the fact that every idea starts with a sketch.

I'm guessing the sketch for this side sleeping bed started, like many murder investigations, with a chalk outline...

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Famous People in Their Early TV Ads

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When young actors try to break into the business, they take any and all jobs, trying to both build their resumes and pay the rent. Waiting tables will only get you so far. Then, after they make it to stardom, we can dig out old videos of their younger days and marvel at how young they look. We can also contemplate how many advertising dollars are spent on breakfast cereals and fast food. The biggest takeaway I had about this celebrity compilation is that I must be getting really old, because I don’t know who half these stars are. -via Uproxx


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The Greatest Star Trek Selfie Ever

Star Trek actor LeVar Burton tweeted out this fantastic image showing himself and several actors from both The Next Generation and the original series. Behind Burton (Geordi La Forge) are Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), William Shanter (Jim Kirk), Brent Spinter (Data), Gates McFadden (Beverly Crusher), and someone who I will assume played a heavily costumed non-humanoid character at some point.

The crew reunited to make an appearance together at the Wizard World convention in Chicago.

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Hero Of Monsters - Costumed Kaiju Kookiness


Hero of Monsters by Raven Amos

Human beings may see that giant lizard kaiju as a destroyer and a menace to mankind, but all of monsterkind see him as a mighty hero. When it came time for 'Zilla to attend the annual Monster Mash Halloween Bash he had to pick out a costume befitting a true hero, so he decided to dress up like Link and become a monster legend.

This Hero of Monsters t-shirt by Raven Amos is a geeky mashup masterpiece that will make kaiju movie fans and gamers giggle with glee!

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Finally! A 99-Can Pack of Beer

A 6-pack isn't enough. Neither is a 12 or a 24. When you're throwing a really big party, you'll need a full 99 cans of beer. Austin Beerworks in Texas is here to deliver. It created 20 packages of beer, each of which holds 99 cans of its pale blonde ale named "Peacemaker." Each pack costs $99.


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The entire package weighs 82 pounds, which I propose should be a new unit of measurement. We can use it in casual conversation. For example, the Invincible, a warship operated by the Republic of Texas, weighed 125 tons. We might say that in modern times as 3,049 Peacemakers. Or you might say to a dear relative, "Hey, are you sure that you should eat that pie? You're got to be 3 Peacemakers already."

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Students Invent Nail Polish That Helps Protect Women Against Date Rape

It’s incredible to think that date rape is still such a prevalent thing that people are still working on scientific methods of battling against this disgusting and cowardly act, but since it’s still happening it’s a good thing there are people like the four guys in this picture figuring out scientific ways to protect women. 

They're Materials Science & Engineering students from North Carolina State University who came up with a smart and easy way to detect the presence of Rohypnol, Xanax, GHB and other medications commonly referred to as date rape drugs- color changing nail polish.

Their company is called Undercover Colors, and their first creation is already becoming a big success, mainly because all women have to do to stay safe is stir their drink with the polish, which changes color in the presence of these drugs.

"The First Fashion Company Empowering Women To Prevent Sexual Assault." Now that's sure to get people's attention. 

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Now THAT Is How You Peel and Serve a Pineapple!

When it comes to peeling pineapples, I didn't think there were too many methods. This video showed me I was wrong. At first, it seems like this guy's pineapple peeling method is actually somewhat time consuming, but then you realize he does it all within a minute, and it hits you how impressive it is. Plus, he is not just peeling it. He is peeling, bagging, and serving to go.

Pretty sure one of my fingers would be in that bag with the pineapple slices if I tried this.

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Huge props to this guy, though. Pineapple is delicious, and handing someone a bag of fresh pineapple is like handing someone a pitcher filled with the delicious nectar of life.

Also, pineapples must kind of secretly fear this guy. He is their Jack the Ripper.

(Wimp)

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Harry Potter Quills Are Perfect for Homework at Hogwarts

The Etsy shop Mythical Menagerie produces quill pens decorated with the colors and crests of the houses at Hogwarts. Each one has a painted and dyed pheasant feather. They're ideal for spell writing, especially since they're ballpoints and thus won't make a mess like dip pens.

Kellianne, the owner of the shop, is currently sold out. But she promises that she's making more. There should be plenty of demand!

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Puppies Playing with their Mothers: A Compilation

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Moms teach us so much about what we'll need to know later in life. For a dog, that means a ton of carefree playtime. This compilation video features dog mothers of various breeds playing with their young offspring and seemingly having a grand time doing so. Via Tastefully Offensive.

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Artist Creates Amazingly Detailed Anime Cutouts from Post-It Notes

Akira Nagaya is a master of papercrafts. He can work wonders with any paper material--even ordinary post-it notes. He carefully cuts out images and scenes and folds them back so that they stand up. The effect is particularly stunning with a bit of backlighting.

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Baby Elephant Takes Her First Steps

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A 24-year-old African elephant named Semba gave birth to a female calf on August 20th at Reid Park Zoo in Tuscon, Arizona. The as yet unnamed calf weighed in at 245 pounds. The calf took her first breath and stood up within minutes of her birth. This footage shows the calf taking her first wobbly steps in the enclosure, as Semba looks on, lending a trunk to help stabilize her. The mother and baby have been given a private area of the enclosure in order to bond, which is imperative in the early life of the calf, particularly in the first 48-72 hours. Via Nothing to Do with Arbroath.

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75 Facts About The Wizard Of Oz, To Celebrate The Film's 75th Anniversary

It's hard to believe that 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the release of The Wizard of Oz, because people are just as fascinated with the film today as they were when it came out. 

There's something rather remarkable about a film that so easily spans across the generation gap, beloved by both children and adults, and yet even with such a large fanbase there are lots of facts about the film that aren't common knowledge.

Did you know the Cowardly Lion's costume was made from a real lion's skin, or that the costume weighed around 100 pounds?

Have you heard that Toto earned two and a half times what a munchkin earned while filming, or that the snow used in the poppy scene was made of asbestos?

Parade is celebrating the diamond anniversary of this beloved film by sharing 75 Weird, Wonderful Facts About The Wizard of Oz, and fans will be delighted to discover many facts about the film they didn't already know, even if some of those facts are a bit dark.


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25 Famous People Who Were Once Interns

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This week’s mental_floss video is hosted by summer intern Paige Finch. That must mean everyone else is goofing off. It only makes sense that Finch would talk about famous people who were once interns. Temporary unpaid work can give you valuable experience, connections, and college credit …if you can afford to do it.


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TARDIS Toilet Appears Along Bike Path In Bristol

When the TARDIS arrives, with its signature whirring sound and flashing light, those who have traveled with the Doctor know they're about to be whisked off on another fantastic adventure, but a recent TARDIS sighting may change the way we think about that blue police box.

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This TARDIS shaped toilet is called the Who Loo, and it recently opened for business on the bike path between Bristol and Bath, the brainchild of Whovian Justin Hoggans, who owns the Warmley Waiting Room Cafe

It features a light on top that lets everyone know when the toilet is occupied, a switch inside the cafe to trigger that famous whirring sound when people pose for a picture, and looks just like the Time Lord approved time machine.

One thing it's lacking is privacy, and I'd hate to be seated at that nearby table when the Doctor adjourns to his study!

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The Merc With A Mouth - Childrens Books And Chimichangas


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A plan was underway to adapt Wade's story into book form, but the author was finding it really hard to edit out all the bloody bits for the sake of the kiddies. He'd already transformed the merc with the horribly scarred face into a cute, bubble headed fellow with big hands and a pleasantly round shape, but he was finding it hard to work in Wade's chosen career path, since every job he undertook involved someone meeting their end!

Crazed chimichanga obsessed assassins have never looked as cute as they do on this The Merc With A Mouth t-shirt by MikeGoesGeek, sport it around town and show people how cool their childhood could have been.

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Light Up Paddleboards

NightSUP, a company in Miami, offers this radical take on the surfing experience. Its paddleboards have built-in LED lanterns. At night, when the lights on the beach are low, you have only the light of your paddleboard as you move through the water.

These boards were invented for a more practical purpose: so that a paddleboard rental company could safely rent out its boards at night. Now several outfitters in Florida, Delaware, Missouri, Utah, and Nevada offer night tours on them.


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This video from the company shows what these mesmerizing boards look like both above and beneath the surface of the water.

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Photographer Captures All The Canine Pomp Of The Dog Pageant

Humans just can’t get enough of their dogs, and some people are so proud of their pampered pooches that they hold canine beauty pageants to decide which dog is the fairest in the land.

Photographer Sophie Gamand captures all the poshness, pageantry and pooch attitude of these beastly beauty parades in her series Dog Pageant, which focuses on "small dog owners in New York City and the dog-oriented events that their lives revolve around".

Sophie's wonderful images capture the personality and attitude of the canine contestants, as well as the lavish outfits their owners create in hopes of taking home the title of top dog.


New York City hosted its first dog beauty pageant in 2013, with 30 contestants competing in categories like evening wear and talent, but this pageant isn't all about the cute contestants- it's also a great way to raise money for animal charities.

-Via Juxtapoz

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How To Harvest Cherries

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Picking cherries by hand is way too labor-intensive for commercial orchardists. The get the most cherries in the least time, you need specialized equipment, but strangely the one piece of heavy equipment not involved is a cherry picker! Instead, you’ll need a specialized roll of tarp to catch the cherries, a conveyor belt to gather them, and the world’s largest vibrator, the Vibro6 EH. Now that’s one huge vibrator! Shake the tree, gather the cherries, and move on. Cool! -via Viral Viral Videos


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This Power Rangers Zordon Cosplay Is Brilliant

This ingenious cosplayer, whose name remains unknown to me at this point, is dressed as Zordon of Eltar, the enigmatic (and racist) mentor of the Power Rangers from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I'm curious about what he can do with those electrical components.

He looks just like the real Zordon in his tube!


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Here's a video of him at Morphicon 2014, a fan convention held last weekend in Pasadena, California.

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Take A Break and Go To Your Quiet Place Today

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Our lives are rushed. We are often pushed or pulled from one task right into the next, without a minute to catch our own breath. When we are not making dinner or running errands or picking up the kids or working on something for our job, we finally get a chance to sit back, exhausted.

But what if there was a place you could go every day (without leaving your home) that would provide you with a moment of solace in an otherwise hectic world? Would you want to know about it? Well, some of you may already. It is called the Quiet Place Project, and though it will only take five minutes out of your day, it will change the flow of your day completely. Just follow the simple instructions the website gives you, and honestly, you will walk away from it in a much more relaxed state than when you first showed up.

It is simple, but it is a much needed break, and one too few of us give to ourselves. Go check out:

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Man with Cerebral Palsy Completes an Ironman Triathlon with His Twin Brother


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Peder Mondrup has cerebral palsy, so you might not think that he'd ever be able to complete a triathlon. But he was with his twin brother Steen. These Danish brothers call themselves Team Tvilling--that's "Team Twin." Together, they completed a triathlon in Copenhagen on Sunday. The challenge took 15 hours, 32 minutes, and 48 seconds.

The Iron Man Triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, during which Steen hauled Peder in a special-made boat. Then they cycled 112 miles in a bicycle. Finally, Steen pushed Peder in the above wheelchair for a full marathon.

It's been a great experience for both of them. The Local quoted the brothers on why this triathlon was important to them:

“For the first time, I felt like the person I see myself as: a regular participant instead of ’somebody in a wheelchair’,” Peder said of their first race.

“If I can give Peder the feeling of not sitting in a wheelchair for a few hours, then I will do whatever it takes! I feel like I am really lucky because he has caused me to see the positive in life and to not complain about everyday things. One thing is certain and that is that you never have and never will hear Peder feel sorry for himself,” Steen said on their website.


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This video shows them crossing the finish line amid a widly cheering crowd.


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Note that it's not always Steen hauling Peder. Sometimes, they switch places and Peder takes his brother for a ride.

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A Speaker That Looks As Beautiful As It Sounds

If you want an iPhone speaker, you generally have to choose between having something that sounds great and looks pretty unimpressive or something that looks nice but sounds crummy. The Chino Legato Passive Speaker manages to merge the best of both worlds with a stunning speaker that imparts the impressive warm sound of wood with the classic look of a vintage Victrola player. The speaker is passive, meaning it requires no power source, and can play music at up to six decibels making it earth-friendly and powerful.

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Titanic: The Movie That Made History

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

Director James Cameron was originally inspired to make Titanic while making The Abyss, a science-fiction underwater film. He also reportedly had a fascination with shipwrecks. Cameron himself went under to explore the remains of the actual Titanic twelve times, at an average of 16 hours each spent there each time. A special camera, designed by his brother, was built to withstand the underwater pressure.

Titanic, Cameron's 1997 film, was the first movie to make over $1 billion dollars worldwide. Its $600 million dollar U.S. box office was the all-time record until Cameron's own 2009 film Avatar overtook it. Titanic still holds the never-to-be-equaled record of being the #1 weekly box office champ an incredible 15 weeks in a row from 1997 to '98.

It made a silver screen icon of star Leonardo DiCaprio, although, strangely, despite the film's 14 Oscar nominations, he was snubbed by the Academy.

Leading lady Kate Winslet, playing “Rose,” got her Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress, along with Gloria Stuart (who played “Old Rose" in the film, and hadn't appeared in a movie in over 30 years). This proved the only instance on Oscar history of two people both being nominated for playing the same character in the same movie (both were nominated for Best Supporting Actress -neither won- although Titanic did garner 11 awards).

The studio executives' first choice to play the male lead was Matthew McConaughey, but both Cameron and Winslet wanted Leo DiCaprio. Originally, Cameron wasn't that familiar with him, but at their first meeting, Cameron noticed that "all the women in the building" showed up to catch a glimpse of young Leo. Although there was no “Jack Dawson" (DiCaprio's character), Cameron was to discover that there was a “J. Dawson" on board the real-life Titanic. He was an engineer who drowned in the disaster.

Cameron's original choice for Rose was Gwyneth Paltrow, but Kate lobbied hard to snag the role. The Rose character was named in honor of Cameron's grandmother.

Early on in the film, Kate "flashed" Leo. This was to get him used to seeing her in her birthday suit, because they would be spending much time together filming the famous nude scene. On the day of the nude scene's filming, Kate was getting made up, when Leo walked in accidentally and said “Whoa!" Again, to get him used to seeing her nude, she told him to stay. (Incidentally, Cameron himself drew the "nude portrait" of Rose featured in the scene, as well as all of Jack's drawings.)



Leo claimed to be "water sensitive" and would seldom appear in any water scenes where the water was "too cold.” The water in the hallway scenes was 50 degrees, but the water in the "out in the ocean" scenes was warmed to 80 degrees.

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College Student Builds Beautiful Prosthetic Hand for a Friend

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Evan Kuester, a college student and designer, was looking for a way to apply his studies practically. He noticed a fellow student on campus who was missing a left hand. Kuester hesitated for a while, but eventually approached her with an idea: let him design an aesthetically appealing artificial hand, then build it with a 3D printer.

The student, Ivania Castillo, agreed. Kuester then designed a prosthetic with lovely geometric patterns and a ribbon threaded through one side. He built it out of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, a plastic often used in 3D printing.

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Beautiful Blond Twins Play Star Wars Medley on Harps

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This is a video series I can only imagine exists because some geek guy found a genie in a bottle who would grant him one wish. Beautiful blond twins Camille and Kennerly play twin electric harps, while dressed in various costumes. Here they play an entertaining Star Wars medley. Previously they've done Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and rock anthems like Crazy Train and Sweet Child o' Mine. Via Viral Viral Videos.


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My Guardian Angel - Just Your Average Joe Halo


My Guardian Angel by Roy Condy

Our guardian angels come in all shapes and sizes, and whether you're a less refined individual with some bad habits, or a saintly Samaritan who never does anything wrong, you've got your own brand of angel looking out for you from up above. But, just like in real life, nobody wants to hang out with those halo polishing do-goodniks, and the angels who are a bit rough around the edges are lots of fun at a party!

Show the world who's got your back with this My Guardian Angel t-shirt by Roy Condy, and stay true to your unique sense of style!

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